Stormy Weather

The Art of Rain
Falling down, pooling up
Out of the sky and into my cup.

What is this wet that comes from above,
That some call disaster, and others find love.

The harder it falls, the less it is nice,
The colder it falls the harder the ice.

The rain has an art that I may not get,
So I stand still and get soaking wet.

By M.D. Wilson

 

This was our first major power cut during a violent storm last Monday afternoon. Thunder, lighting, rain and hail hit our village at about one thirty in the afternoon.

I was working on our computer at the time, when everything just stopped, lights, heating, computer and even mobile phones until about six hours later. Luckily we have a wood burning fire, a gas cooker and candles.

DSCN1091Our problem was what do we do? Play cards, cludo, or read my Kindle book!

But first and foremost we needed to inform our son in England who Paul managed to contact by driving to the next village which did not have a power cut.

I in the mean time went all Jane Austin and decided to write a letter by candle light. Candles flickered and the fire was warm and cosy, so it was quite nice for a few hours, then we got the message that the power may be out all night! Thoughts of defrosted food and freezing beds came to mind.

My heart goes out to the people in the North West, and Yorkshire in England who have had rain since last September, causing extreme flooding, where people have been made homeless, bridges collapsing and roads being literally swept away by the force of the water.

DSCN1092The Ceou River that passes through our village, almost breaching the bank on the right and bringing down part of the defence wall near the top of the picture.

 

DSCN1098On the outskirts of the village things were a little different

 

DSCN1097This was just one of the waterlogged fields that we saw on our way to Sarlat.
You can just see the campsite notice on the tree.

 

Back to the romance of the area –

DSCN1072bCastelnaud in the fog and mist, just looks like a castle floating above the clouds – magical.

 

Events :-

Truffle Festival this weekend in Sarlat.

Wrap up warm for this the temperature will be in minus figures by the weekend. There will be workshops for truffle identification. A truffle hunting demonstration. Chefs from Sarlat will be demonstrating how to cook truffles. Truffles for sale, small to large (the large ones sell for hundreds of euros)

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2 thoughts on “Stormy Weather

  1. Luckily our power here in Journiac was only out for 20 minutes but we lost all heating from Monday to Thursday! We ran out of fuel and being our first winter here, did not realize how low the level was until it was too late and then the earliest delivery was 4 days away. Lots of cuddling to keep warm. Made lots of good food as the oven and stove were working.

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